Wixom Howler Newsletter
October 24, 2022
Wixom Elementary Teacher of the Year Nominations
We have many fabulous teachers at Wixom Elementary and we are asking parents to nominate teachers to receive the Wixom Teacher of the Year award this year. The official Walled Lake form should be used to submit a nomination, but you can add additional information. Additional forms are available in the school office. We have extended the deadline and we are requesting that all forms be returned to our school NO LATER THAN END OF DAY MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2022.
Literacy Training at Wixom Elementary
Last week our Teachers College staff developer came from New York City to work with our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers on conferring and small group instruction to help meet the literacy needs of each individual child. In early November our Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade teachers will get their opportunity to work with a different Teachers College Literacy staff developer.
We feel fortunate to have been one of the schools selected for this partnership. It is hard work, but in the end, we know it will help us achieve our goal of continuously improving instruction.
Wixom Elementary Calendar
Monday, Oct. 24 - Teacher of the Year Nomination Forms Due by End of Day
Tuesday, Oct 25 - Thursday, Oct 26 - Student Council Smencil Sale for $1 each (while supplies last)
Friday, Oct. 28 - Trunk or Treats 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Monday, Oct. 31 - Halloween Parade at 11:40 am. Half Day for students. Dismissal at 12:30 pm.
Tuesday, Nov. 1 - PTA Meeting at 6:00 pm
Friday, Nov. 4 - Student Run Credit Union Deposit Day
Tuesday, Nov. 8 - Election Day - No School
Friday, Nov. 11 - Reflections Entries Due
Friday, Nov. 11 - Skate Night at Bonaventure 5-7 pm
Thursday, Nov. 17 - Half Day for Students. Dismissal at 12:30 pm.
Thursday, Nov. 17 - Marco's Pizza Dinning to Donate
Thursday, Nov. 24 - Friday, Nov. 25 - Thanksgiving. No School
ALICE and Student Safety Update
This week we continue our ALICE Crisis Response work with our students. We will not be having a full school drill yet, but instead each classroom will work with students to practice some of the ideas taught in the "I'm Not Scared, I'm Prepared" book.
- Our Preschool - 3rd grade students will again be reminded that at school, our job is to keep our students safe and their job is to listen & follow our directions. We will review everything they have learned over the past few weeks and do an "Exit Awareness" activity where they will walk around he school noting the various exits as possible exits in case they need to quickly evacuate the building.
- Our 4th and 5th grade students will continue to review all aspects of the ALICE program along the situational awareness that they have been learning about over the past few weeks. This week, the students will learn about barricading as an option in a crisis situation. The students will work with their teacher and classmates to practice barricading the classroom with the items that they have available to them in the classroom.
Please also remember when we talk about safety, safety can come in a variety of forms. Please review the following safety resources on a variety of subjects below:
Pokémon Cards and Other Trading Cards
Lost and Found - NEW PHOTOS
Also remember to put your child's name all jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, winter outdoor gear, lunchboxes, and water bottles to make it easier for us to identify the owners of lost items.
If you would like to decorate your trunk for our Trunk or Treats event, please complete the Trunk or Treat Parking Spot reservation form by Monday, October 24th. Walking path will open at 6:00pm for decorating trunks only.
Halloween Parade on October 31
We will be celebrating Halloween on Monday, October 31 at Wixom Elementary. Students will be allowed to wear costumes to school, however, masks covering the eyes or entire face and large costumes are not permitted on the bus.
All costumes must be wholesome and school appropriate. Please follow these additional guidelines:
· No toy weapons including guns, swords, and knives.
· No costumes with fake blood or death-related.
· No costumes that reflect anything related to violence, drugs, or alcohol.
All families are invited for our Outdoor Halloween Parade on Monday, October 31 at 11:40 am. The parade will be outside along the Walking Path, if weather permits. If it rains, we may need to cancel the parade.
Since October 31st is a half day of school, students will go back into the building after the parade to pack up. Then parents may follow their normal pickup procedures starting at 12:15 pm.
Walled Lake Halloween Costume Drive
News from our Wixom Elementary PTA
We are looking for anyone willing to work with our PTA to find other locations to host Dining to Donate events. If you know of anyone interested in partnering with our PTA in future Dining to Donate events, please reach out to any of our PTA board members or call the office.
Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, November 1st at 6:00 pm.
Wixom Prime Time Care Looking to Hire AM and PM
Looking to make some extra money on school days? Our Prime Time Care office is looking to hire for before and after school care at Wixom Elementary. This position pays $15 per hour and includes a $250 signing bonus. We are looking for people to work the morning care from 7:00 am - 9:00 am and/or our after school care from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Please contact Judy Scott, Prime Time Care Manager, at 248-956-5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
School Breakfast and Lunch
Remember that we are no longer offering free school meals for all students this school year. Please make sure your child knows if you want them to purchase lunch and/or breakfast each day or eat the food they bring from home. You may want to check your child's account in Skyward Family Access. Many students already have negative balances on their school meal accounts.
If your family is having difficulty paying for school meals, please consider applying for free and reduced priced meals. The free and reduced meal application can be filled out through Skyward Family Access. Login to Family Access, click on Food Service, and then select the application at the top of the screen.
Your student can also purchase lunch for $3.00 and breakfast for $1.50. To purchase lunch or breakfast, you will deposit money into your child’s Skyward Family Access account, and each day they purchase, it is deducted from their account.
If you need any further assistance or have questions about the breakfast and lunch programs, please contact us at Anne Merchant at 248-956-3081 or at email@example.com.
i-Ready at Home
Once the assessments are complete, your child's teacher will send home their results along with information on how to access your child's i-Ready account from home so they continue to work on lessons at home in reading and math. If you do not have access to a computer at home for your child to use, please contact the school office and we can let you borrow a Chromebook from school.
Walled Lake Schools Covid Policies
With the start of a new school year and many new families at Wixom Elementary, I would like to take this opportunity to remind our families of current COVID protocols. The Walled Lake Consolidated School District, following the guidance of the Oakland County Health Division, requires individuals that are positive for COVID-19 to stay home and isolate a minimum of 5 full days, with symptom onset date or test date, if asymptomatic, being Day 0. If, after 5 full days have passed, the individual has been fever free for over 24 hours and any other symptoms they have had are improving, the individual can resume normal activities provided a mask is worn through Day 10.
Personal or household contacts are not required to quarantine, however it is recommended and encouraged, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask and monitor for symptoms for 10 days. Test 3-7 days after exposure or if symptoms develop, and avoid unmasked activities or activities with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals. All other contacts are not required to quarantine, however it is recommended and encouraged to monitor for symptoms for 10 days, test if symptoms develop, and consider wearing a mask around others for 10 days after exposure. At a minimum, wear a mask in settings with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals.
Symptomatic students/staff will continue to be required to meet one of the following prior to returning to school/work:
· Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.
· Provide documentation from a physician indicating a clear alternative diagnosis.
· Exclude from school for minimum of 5 days, mask for 10 days – must be fever free for over 24 hours, with other symptoms improving, prior to returning.
Many symptoms of COVID overlap with symptoms of other common illnesses and seasonal allergies. Current guidance requires us to follow COVID protocols for individuals that cannot pass the health screener until COVID is medically ruled out or a certain period of time has passed.
At this time, communication to families regarding COVID-19 cases at school is the same as it was at the end of the 2021-22 school year. When our school learns of a positive case, we will send a letter to the classroom of the positive individual, as well as a letter to the entire grade level, to notify families of a possible exposure. For privacy reasons, names and identifying information will not be disclosed.
If you have any questions or need additional guidance regarding a sick child and school attendance, please contact our Main Office at 248-956-3400. We recognize the added layer of responsibility on parents and school staff when an individual presents with symptoms and appreciate your partnership.